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Listen to “Wait”
  • Published on 1965
  • Author: Lennon/McCartney
  • Track 12 on “Rubber Soul

About “Wait”

The songwriting credit is Lennon/McCartney, and is one of the real joint efforts between the two (Lennon wrote the verses and refrain in F# minor, and McCartney wrote the bridge in A major).

The lyrics, describing the singer’s anxieties about his relationship with his girl while he is away, are thematically similar to several other Lennon-McCartney songs, such as “When I Get Home” and “Things We Said Today,” written during the period of 1964 and 1965.

The song was originally recorded for Help! in June 1965 but did not make the final pressing. When Rubber Soul fell one song short for a Christmas release, “Wait” was brought back.

Meaning of “Wait”

“Wait” conveys a theme of romantic longing and impatience. In the lyrics, the narrator expresses a yearning for someone to wait for him, as they plan to return after being away for a while. The song suggests a sense of urgency and a plea for understanding from the person they’re singing to. The narrator wants assurance that the person will still be there for them upon his return.

Here are the opening lines of the song:

It’s been a long time Now I’m coming back home I’ve been away now Oh how, I’ve been alone

Overall, “Wait” reflects the universal emotions of separation, anticipation, and the desire for a loved one’s patience and faithfulness.


  • John Lennon – double tracked vocal, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – double tracked vocal, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums, maracas, tambourine

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